Monday, 19 July 2010

I've been rejected yet again!

One of the most frustrating aspects of being a successful cartoonist is the sheer volume of rejection one has to deal with on a monthly basis. I never send anything other than unique and wonderful cartoons to various magazines and trade magazines, and yet they don't even have the decency to reply to me giving me a good enough reason why they don't want my cartoons.

When I send something off to a magazine I expect them to accept the cartoons or at the very least explain themselves when they don't want my cartoons. Those that don't reply get struck off my list of publications to send to, as quite frankly I don't wish to do business with companies that employe rude cartoon editors. I now have quite a long list of publications that simply aren't worth bothering with:

  • The New Yorker
  • Private Eye Magazine
  • Bella
  • Woman's Own
  • Dudley Parish News
  • The Gaurdian Newspaper
  • The Lancet
  • The Daily Star (rejected my strip cartoon idea about boiled eggs - idiots!)
  • Razzle (how they can claim my cartoon broke certain laws I don't know - they have photos of meat!)
  • Viz
  • The People's Friend (perhaps the cartoon should have been coloured with watercolours?)
  • The Advertiser (free newspaper)
  • Furniture Salesman Monthly (inc Carpet Warehouse Times)

None of these publications will now get the chance to publish any Leonard Gubbins cartoons. The way I look at it is, either take legal action against them, or just ignore them.

I've decided to start a new feature on the website today. It's going to be called THE REJECTION SECTION. Here I will publish all the cartoons that these fools have ignored so far. There's quite a lot of them, so it should be a long long running feature.

Here's the first cartoon in the Rejection Section:

I thought Bella or Woman's Own would love this hilarious cartoon as it covers women's issues quite well, while at the same time being quite funny. Sent it to both of them - heard nothing. How very rude. Perhaps the female cartoon editor had the printers in, and wasn't in a polite mood? I don't know. What I do know is that I won't be sending them any more cartoons like this!


  1. I've got another idea, Leonard! Why don't you put your rejects up here, we can all come up with alternative suggestions for captions, and then you can send them to the publications again.

    I'll 'get the ball rolling', with the suggested caption of "Will your bum look big in these?" It shows good insight into women's issues and I'm sure you'll agree it's hilarious. I'm sure the editor of Bella will, too, especially if they don't take cartoons in the first place.

  2. And if she has a small bum.

    I look forward to these rejects, Leo.

  3. I never thought my rejection section would be so popular. People ARE actually laughing!!!